Author of the article:
David Staples – Edmonton Journal
Oct 11, 2020 – – 5 minute read
This in from the Edmonton Oilers, news they have signed Mike Smith: “The Oilers have actually agreed to terms with goaltender Mike Smith on a 1 year, $2 million agreement.”
And from CapFriendly:
Mike Smith #Oilers
1 year contract
$ 1,500,000 cap hit
$500,000 Performance Bonus Offers
$50,000 at 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40
$125,000 for 1st RD win 2 games played
$125,000 for second RD win 2 games played
- I do not like it. I would have chosen the Oilers bring in a younger goalie who has actually played better the past two seasons, and one who didn’t cost even $2 million per. This is an overpay for the wrong goalie.
- I do not absolutely hate it either. Aside from an entirely atrocious and 2 wretched playoff periods last year, Smith was a respectable goalie. Smith was also a seasoned leader on this team– and every young group requires this kind of assistance. I’m also less concerned about the team’s goaltending now than I was heading into the 2019-20 season. Mikko Koskinen proved he can be a good NHL starter last year. He improved year-to-year. Perhaps he can do so again. Even if he can’t, he was strong this past year so if he can maintain that the Oilers will be OK. It might have been even worse here if the Oilers had given a substantial overpay on term and salary to Jacob Markstrom. This contract might harm for a year, however it’s not one that will haunt a franchise for several seasons.
- The goalie market was shrinking quick for Holland, however it’s hard to imagine he could not have done better.
- Of the 69 NHL goalies who have played at least 40 video games in the past 2 seasons, Smith ranks simply 59 th for save portion at 0.900 That’s bad. That’s not even near to good. In general, I believe Holland got this one incorrect. Perhaps in a significantly shortened NHL season– which I now expect– this won’t be such a big deal, with Koskinen playing 2 thirds of the video games, and almost every playoff game. And, obviously, the Oilers could still make a relocation here, picking up a goalie at the trade due date, for example.
- I’m unsure where this leaves the Oilers in regards to the growth draft, as they’ll require to have at least one signed goalie for the 2021-22 season for Seattle to pick, and today the only goalie they have in that classification is Mikko Koskinen. I suppose the team could merely sign Anton Forsberg to another 1 year offer to cover that obligation.
- Is it possible the Oilers are done with their off-season relocations? Offered the number of NHL agreements now given out, it essentially looks to be the case. Possibly there will be a trade for a forward, but that’ll have to do with it. Perhaps one or two little finalizings.
The response from OIlers fans and blog writers was mainly negative-to-vitriolic, making me believe Holland and Smith better have thick skins this year.
Ahmed Mayta @AhmedMayta
Dave Tippett likewise has method to much love for Mike Smith. Did y’ all forget?
Now Koskinen will not get the playing time he should have 2 years in a row #LetsGoOilers
Romulus’ Apotheosis @RomulusNotNuma
Here’s the important things about signing Mike Smith.
I don’t like it. Duration.
But, if you’re going to do it … do it after you have actually knocked on every door (including trade alternatives), suffered the marketplace right to the bitter end (including waiver choices), and do it for league minimum.
Copper and Blue’s Jeff Chapman @NewWaveOil
jesse puljujarvi: 1.175 MM
kyle turris: 1.65 MM
tyler ennis: 1MM
mike smith on day 2: 2MM
exactly who are you bidding against to bring back mike smith
Alan Hull @alanhull
Truthful question … is Anton Forsberg better than Mike Smith?
He’s most likely the best of what’s left, plus growth draft showing up. I can understand it rather but I can still see a trade on the horizon. The goalies still readily available through UFA are beautiful average
The Athletic’s Jonathan Willis @JonathanWillis
This might be the worst signing of complimentary agency.
Leaning on a 38- year-old who has invested the past two seasons hovering around the.900 SV%mark is a bad idea.
Having made that bad choice, what reason could a team possibly have for paying him more than the league minimum?
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Analytics guy Michael Parkatti @mparkatti
Mr. Willis is area on. What possible utilize did Mike Smith need to amass $2M? Toss a random dart at any European league goalie for minutes wage if this is your strategy.
TSN’s Matthew Iwanyk @matthewiwanyk
Break it down by month
Oct–.919(8 video games)
Dec–.828(5 video games)
Jan–.920(7 video games)
Mar–.867(3 video games)
When Smith is on, he plays extremely well. When Smith is off, its rather bad.
Jeff Chapman @NewWaveOil
here’s how i got em
too expensive? too low? about right?
Bret Litke @BretLitke94
Mikko friend, I’m believing it’s time for you to emerge as a 60 game starter friend.
Ryan Donaldson @Maddawg81
GMs in Edmonton have done not have Imagination for years. I practically wish they were a small market team so they in fact have to consider their choices. Mike Smith choice is complicated. Everybody is saying why? And why $2 mil?
Oilers blogger Alex Thomas @Alex_Thomas14
Mike Smith is not an NHL goaltender. That is a dreadful choice by Holland and badly dampens the group’s chances next season.
Mike Smith’s last 2 seasons of Sv%:
And. He. Keeps. Getting. Signed …
Oilers have actually resigned Mike Smith but, the team IS better than last season. I’m looking forward to seeing this group play.
TSN’s Dustin Nielson @nielsonTSN1260
Question is … are the Oilers a better team in front of Smith & Koskinen then they were last year due to the fact that they were 2nd in the Div with them in 2015.
How in the world does Mike Smith overcome the league minimum?
Holland has the very best signing of free firm (Barrie) and now among the worst.
Sean Tierney @ChartingHockey
If you close your eyes and ask yourself where Mike Smith played last year, you might reasonably address with 5 or 6 teams.
Josh Waters @Josh_Waters97
Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie in front of Mike Smith sure is going to be a reward to watch.
Oilers John ✈ @OilersJohn
I don’t like the Mike Smith signing however it is not as bad as some you are making it out to be. #Oilers
Even if you circle back to Mike Smith, appears extreme to provide him 2M?
Dimitri Filipovic @DimFilipovic
Basically every goalie was offered this offseason and Mike Smith was technically one of them